New York’s Drinking Driving Program

Carl Militello has worked in public education for over 30 years, a career which has included roles as superintendent of schools in four separate districts. In addition, Carl Militello has served as an assistant professor with the New York State Drinking Driving Program at Erie Community College in Buffalo.

New York State drivers convicted of an alcohol- or illegal substance-related driving violation face having their license revoked for a period of time commensurate with the offense. However, certain drivers may qualify for a conditional license in order to take part in the New York State Drinking Driver Program (DDP).

The DDP is designed to reduce the annual number of vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities caused by drivers operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Students in the class are educated in the dangers of driving under the influence through multimedia presentations, discussions, and interactive lessons. Participants are screened to determine whether they have a substance-abuse problem or could have one in the near future. Upon completion of the program, participants may be eligible to resume driving privileges.

Responsibilities of a School Superintendent

A 30+-year veteran of the New York state school system, Carl Militello most recently served as superintendent of the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York. In this capacity, Carl Militello improved the performance levels of more than 4,100 students by instituting innovative programs such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.), Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), and the McGraw Hill math program.

Here are a few of the responsibilities of a school superintendent:

**Administrative duties—As the only employee hired by the school board, the school superintendent is responsible for administrative duties such as preparing the annual school budget, reviewing the instructional program, and preparing applications and reports for state and federal agencies.

**Educational leadership—The superintendent is responsible for assessing the school curriculum, ensuring compliance with policies of the school board and the Department of Education, and providing professional development programs for district employees.

**Community involvement—The superintendent interacts with news media, social service agencies, and other community organizations that have an interest in public education. Additionally, the superintendent is responsible for informing the local community about the school’s progress in reaching its goals and objectives.

Pearson Benchmark System Measures Student Achievement

Carl Militello is an experienced educator and school administrator who has utilized many student assessment systems. As the former superintendent of Schools for the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York, Carl Militello leveraged the Pearson Benchmark system to measure student achievement. The system, which is a based on a variety of educational metrics, allows school systems to develop customizable, online tests that can be given at any time during the school year.

Due to the fact that the test is based on local educational programs, administrators and teachers have the ability to use Pearson test data to communicate with parents and adjust the school curriculum accordingly. Pearson Benchmark is designed for students ranging from kindergarten through the 12th grade. Each student’s academic performance is evaluated over time. Instructors can use the data to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as to address any areas in need of improvement.

Change Agents In the World Of Education

Carl Militello is a change agent who specializes in bringing together diverse groups of people and directing them toward a shared goal. While he was superintendent of schools in New York’s Niagara Wheatfield Central School District, Carl Militello engineered a number of innovative changes, including a response to intervention program geared toward high school seniors.

Change agents are important in all fields and industries, but especially in the education system. Whether they are developing new programs to benefit an entire school district or facilitating growth in an individual student, change agents can completely reshape and improve the environment they are working in. A quality change agent will possess a number of innovative qualities.

First, a change agent must have a clear vision of the future and be capable of communicating this vision effectively. The ability to accurately convey an idea is what distinguishes a common authority or executive from a true agent of change. Similarly, while change agents feel passionately about change, they must also have the skills to inspire passion in those around them. Most importantly, a change agent must understand the people with whom they are working. Patience and persistence are key elements when facilitating change, and knowing when to allow someone a little more time and when to encourage them to work harder is a constant balancing act all change agents must learn to perfect.

NYSCOSS Prepares for 2013 Fall Leadership Summit

SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (July 2013) – The New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS) is preparing to host its 2013 Fall Leadership Summit, which is scheduled to take place September 22-24, 2013 at the Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. The NYSCOSS is encouraging participation by all of its members and supporters, including NYSCOSS member and Cattaraugus-Allegheny representative, Carl Militello. With more than three decades of experience as an educational leader and change agent, Carl Militello served as a superintendent for several school districts in New York over a period of 15 years.

With the theme “Mission Critical: Saving Education Now,” this year’s summit will feature networking opportunities, exhibits, and educational workshops designed to inform educators on how to creatively solve problems in the classroom. This year’s keynote speakers include Dr. Irvin Scott from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; NYS Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr.; and Kevin Honeycutt, a technology integrationist.

Established in 1883, the Council supports more than 800 superintendents and assistant superintendents in New York. The organization is dedicated to promoting education and leadership, and to providing development and networking opportunities for its members.

Getting Involved with Literacy West NY, Inc.

Carl Militello is an educational professional who has taught in a variety of settings and held the title of superintendent of schools in the Niagara Wheatfield Central School District in New York. He volunteers as an adult literacy tutor.

Literacy West NY, Inc., is an organization that strives to increase literacy and the quality of life of residents in Allegany and Wyoming counties in New York. The organization offers free one-on-one and group instruction provided by volunteers.

Volunteering with the group can be very rewarding. Literacy West NY is always looking for new volunteers, and it accepts applications on a rolling basis. Applicants must complete a 12-hour training module and commit to meeting with their students at least two hours a week while completing monthly assessments and progress reports on their students. The organization accommodates the schedules of the tutor and the students, making the volunteering commitment flexible. Tutors and students meet in convenient settings, such as the public library. Volunteer tutors benefit from continual and knowledgeable support from the professional staff at Literacy West.